Saddle up for grand re-enactment of volunteers off to WWI

The Copmanhurst Lighthorse Reenactment Committee Brian Bultitude, Ted Brown, Fred Norris, Alan Ryall, Denis Benfield, David Morgan and Kevan Hutchinson. Photo Kathleen Davies / Contributed NO RESALE
The Copmanhurst Lighthorse Reenactment Committee Brian Bultitude, Ted Brown, Fred Norris, Alan Ryall, Denis Benfield, David Morgan and Kevan Hutchinson. Photo Kathleen Davies / Contributed NO RESALE Kathleen Davies

WHEN the call came for volunteers to fight in the First World War, men from throughout the Clarence Valley signed up.

Residents of the upper reaches of the Valley rode their horses across the river and across land to sign on at the Copmanhurst Hotel.

They then rode to Grafton, where they joined the main company before heading off to war.

Grafton RSL sub-branch president Brian Bultitude is part of a committee responsible for overseeing preparations for the centenary of Australia's involvement in the First World War.

He said plans were well under way to re-enact this mobilisation, with more than 80 people already showing interest in riding from Copmanhurst to Grafton to commemorate the event.

Anzac Day 2015 falls on a Saturday, and the re-enactment is planned for the days before and including Anzac Day.

"Up here at Copmanhurst there is a big interest," Mr Bultitude said.

Some of the fellows' fathers served in World War Two and some of their grandfathers probably fought in the First World War too.

"A lot of their families were involved. They'd come out of the bush to go overseas.

"It was a big time," he said. "They thought they were getting out to see the world."

Those involved with the re-enactment will camp at Copmanhurst on the Thursday night before "signing up" on Friday morning.

They will then ride into Grafton and bivouac the night at Grafton Showground.

"We're planning to go through Grafton about 3pm, so it would be great if people could turn out and welcome them in."

On Anzac Day, the men and their horses will join the main march in Grafton, and the committee has hopes of erecting a big screen to show a re-enactment of Gallipoli.

Anyone is welcome to join the ride.

Missing trainer Bindi Cheers located

Trainer of Grafton Cup Prelude winner Zar Zar Binks Bindi Cheers has a joke with jokcey Matt Paget at the presentation. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Horse trainer found three days after she went missing

Asbestos, weather add costs, delay park project

Progress on the upgrade on McLachlan Park in Maclean.

An asbestos find will add $105,000 to a council project.

Up to 10,000 to be hit hard by greyhounds ban

The greyhound industry wants time and the opportunity to prove that the sport can be viable and sustainable.

"A disaster for regional and outer-metropolitan communities"

Latest deals and offers

Vintaea: Why I left The Bachelor on the first night

Vintaea Carlos was one of 22 "bachelorettes" looking for love on the fourth season of The Bachelor.

Queensland beauty leaves Richie at rose ceremony.

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is stalling divorce

Amber Heard claims Johnny Depp is delaying their divorce

The Bachelor host: this year's season is a cracker

The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg.

GUNSBERG says tonight will be "the best night of TV of the year".

Kerri-Anne Kennerley to Sonia Kruger: "Stay brave"

She said her television peer should "stay brave"

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

You can own this Queensland town for just $1


Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

Massive residential 9-storey high-rise hit by delays

An artist’s impression of the eight-storey-high apartment complex that Bernoth Holdings wants to build in South Toowoomba, next to the City Golf Club.

Developer struggles to get approved high-rise development started